Dr. Todd Cook, M.D.
Todd Cook, M.D., “Dr. Todd”, joined Utah Valley Eye Center in July, 2003. Dr. Cook is committed to quality, compassionate care, superior patient satisfaction, and excellence in oculoplastic and orbitofacial reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. He has been trained by world leaders in the field of oculoplastic surgery, orbitofacial surgery, and ocular pathology. As a recognized expert in his field Dr. Cook has been an invited speaker and surgical course instructor at national and international medical meetings. He has established himself as a leader in the discipline of oculoplastic and orbitofacial surgery through patient care, medical research, teaching, and contributions to the medical literature.
After completing medical school at the University of Texas-San Antonio and internship at the University of Utah John A. Moran Eye Center, Dr. Cook Completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This program has been ranked among the top 10 ophthalmology training programs in the United States for the past 10 years. During this time he acquired the finesse of intraocular surgery performing more than 600 intraocular procedures as the primary surgeon including, but not limited to cataract extraction, corneal transplantation, trabeculectomy, pars plana vitrectomy, and laser retinal photocoagulation. Durning residency he learned oculoplastic surgery for Richard K. Dortzbach, M.D. and Bradley N Lemke, M.D. and quickly mastered techniques of plastic surgery related to the eyes and their surrounding structures such as ptosis surgery, blepharoplasty, eyelid repairs, brow lifts, tear duct surgery, and the surgical treatment of thyroid eye disease. He performed more than 200 oculoplastic procedures as the primary surgeon during residency. He also learned ocular pathology in the laboratory of Daniel M. Albert, M.D. and Morton Smith, M.D. Their international referral practice allowed Dr. Cook to examine and diagnose hundreds of rare ocular, and orbital tumors clinically, intraoperatively, and microscopically. Dr. Cook is board certified in Ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Following residency Dr. Cook obtained the premier oculoplastic and orbitofacial surgery fellowship in the world at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA and the Beverly Hills Ambulatory Surgical Center. This two-year fellowship is accredited by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). Norman Schorr, M.D. expanded Dr. Cook’s previous training and helped him master aesthetic procedures such as facelifts, mid-face lifts, brow lifts, neck lifts, liposuction, fat transfer, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels. He also learned to manage complications related to previously failed aesthetic surgery because of Dr. Schorr’s international referral practice of unhappy postsurgical patients. Robert A. Goldberg, M.D. advanced Dr. Cook’s orbital surgery skills focusing on minimally invasive techniques including deep lateral wall orbital decompression, diagnostic orbital fine needle aspiration biopsy, optic nerve sheath fenestration, therapeutic superior ophthalmic vein canulation for obliteration of carotid-cavernous fistulae, percutaneous orbital tumor chemo-therapeutic injection, and surgical excision of orbital tumors. In addition, Dr. Cook became proficient in Mohs surgery for skin cancer excision and reconstruction with the guidance of Jonathan Hoenig, M.D. During the final fellowship year Dr. Cook performed 20 to 30 cases of Mohs surgery each month removing cancers from the eyelids, face, neck trunk and extremities, evaluating the pathologic slides microscopically, and then rebuilding the defect to produce an aesthetically pleasing result. As a fellow, Dr. Cook completed more than 900 major surgical procedures as the primary surgeon.
Dr. Cook has held teaching appointments as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Attending Physician in Ophthalmology and Oculoplasic Surgery at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the UCLA Westwood Medical Center, UCLA Harbor Medical Center, Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center, West Lost Angeles Veterans Medical Center, and the Sepulveda Veterans Medical Center. He has authored numerous scientific papers in the leading medical journals including Archives of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, The Journal of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. He has been a reviewer of scientific articles and books related to Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery and Orbitofacial surgery. Dr. Cook has authored medical textbook chapters, produced numerous surgical instructional videos, invented surgical instruments, and is a regular lecturer at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). Dr. Cook was appointed Chief of Facial Trauma Surgery at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in 2007 and still holds that position. His primary responsibility is coordinating multi-specialty care for complex facial trauma patients. Dr. Cook performs surgery at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and Central Utah Surgical Center. He has performed more than 30,000 surgical procedures since opening his practice in 2003. “Dr. Todd’s” outside interests include running and hunting.